Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Lynn Shelton's Laggies Sold at Sundance

Two days after its Friday premiere at Sundance, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Lynn Shelton's arrested-development dramedy "Laggies" had been bought by A24.
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  • January 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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September Film Preview

As we head out of a strong August for women directed and centric films, we go straight into a Septemeber filled with varied and interesting projects from new and veteran women filmmakers.
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  • September 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Touchy Feely - Directed by Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton's latest, Touchy Feely, premiered at Sundance earlier this year. We got a chance to speak with Shelton at the festival about the film, which focuses on Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a massage therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to touch. While Abby is grappling with this, her brother Paul (Josh Pais), a dentist develops "healing powers" that transform his struggling practice. The film also stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.
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  • June 18, 2013 10:15 AM
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Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world-wide distribution rights to Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 13, 2013 12:30 PM
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New York Times Says ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly.’ Should We Wait That Long?

The great Carrie Rickey published a piece in the New York Times this past weekend with the depressing headline ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly’. The piece reported that in 2012, by their count, women directors hit a recent high of 9% of the 250 top grossing films.  That number is up from the 2011 number of  5% reported by Martha Lauzen from the Center for Study of Women in Television at Film at San Diego State.  The number is the highest since 2000 when 11% of the top grossing films were directed by women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

The happy glow has still not worn off the news that women directors have achieved gender parity in the US dramatic and documentary competitions. (But we must also remember that women are still not there in any of the other categories.) Women directors became the story. Here are some of the headlines: From USA Today: Women directors rule over Sundance Film Festival 2013. From the LA Times: Sundance Film Festival: Female directors take dramatic step forward.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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